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Zipping through his 70s

Gordy Berthiaume ziplined over the Royal Gorge, near Canon City, Colorado with his grandson from France, David Berggren. (Contributed)1 / 2
Gordy “Gordo” Berthiaume, 78, of Osakis, recently ziplined the Royal Gorge, often referred to as the Grand Canyon of the Arkansas River, near Canon City, Colorado. (Contributed)2 / 2

Don't tell 78-year-old Gordy "Gordo" Berthiaume of Osakis to act his age. He just might take to the skies to show his youthful, adventurous side.

Two years ago, the Osakis Review did a feature story on Berthiaume and 10 other Osakis residents who jumped out of a perfectly good plane for a tandem skydiving experience.

A couple of weeks ago, Berthiaume was at it again. This time, he ziplined over the Royal Gorge, often referred to as the Grand Canyon of the Arkansas River, near Canon City, Colorado.

Berthiaume and his grandson from France, David Berggren, cruised over the narrow, steep gorge, which in places has a depth of 1,200 feet.

"To me, it was just another experience, just something to do," said Berthiaume. "But I think everyone else had fun watching us."

So, which activity did he like better? Berthiaume said the skydiving because it lasted longer.

"We got to freefall for about a mile," he said.

When he was asked what adventure awaits him next, Berthiaume said he wasn't sure because he's in "pretty rough shape right now."

He said his health wasn't the best and that doctors were trying to figure out exactly what was wrong.

Regardless of the outcome, Berthiaume laughed and said, "I'm still not acting my age."

Celeste Edenloff

Celeste Edenloff, a reporter for the Echo Press, has lived in the Alexandria Lakes Area since 1997. She worked for the Echo Press as a reporter from May of 1999 to February 2011, and is happy to be back and once again sharing the stories of the people in this community. Besides being a reporter, Celeste is a certified fitness instructor and enjoys teaching bootcamp classes through Snap Fitness. She also enjoys running and has participated in more than 170 races with her husband, Al, covering the 5K, 10K, 10-mile and half-marathon (13.1 mile) distances.


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